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A Leader of Farmworkers, and Filipinos’ Place in American History

Jill Cowan

There was also some...

There was also some tension there because a lot of the meetings were conducted in Spanish only. And a lot of Filipinos lost their seniority when they became part of the union. They’ve been there since the 1920s and 1930s, and when the U.F.W. came together, everyone was leveled.

Then there’s colonialism. So whereas we have the fighters of that generation, who are older, a new wave of Filipino-Americans are here as nurses and doctors.

They want to forget very quickly that they came from farmworkers. We still have that in the Filipino community, now, where they’re not acknowledging our vibrant, rich history in the United States.

The Mexican-American community was strong enough to keep communicating and to understand what Cesar Chavez meant for their community. What is their standard for social justice? What is their standard for their treatment as immigrants?

But we didn’t necessarily have that. We have not passed that on. And this is an opportunity for our own community to do that and to be able to talk about our leaders like Larry Itliong.

[Get the teaching guide based on “Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong.”][1]

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